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Executive Program Officer

Child Care Associates

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Minimum Requirements:

  • A bachelor's degree in a relevant field such as early childhood education, nonprofit management, public administration, or a related field;
  • At least 10 years of senior leadership experience within a nonprofit organization or a relevant field. Previous experience in various senior management roles at Child Care Associates is preferred;
  • At least 10 years experience in managing early education and/or child care-related programs or supporting programs in the field of early education;
  • A proven track record of successfully leading and supporting program performance, change management, regulatory compliance, start-up, and improvement efforts within a nonprofit setting;
  • Exemplary coaching skills;
  • Highly proficient in building relationships of trust with a track record of building strong, cohesive teams;
  • Experience working across siloes and building cross-agency collaborations;
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office;
  • Insured and reliable vehicle for transportation, and
  • Pass a pre-employment and/or periodic physical examination, TB skin test, and background check every 24 months.

Physical Requirements:

The physical requirements for this position are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Repetitive use of hands reaching and turning;
  • Ability to lift up to 30 pounds light lifting of supplies and materials, and Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision and the ability to adjust focus.


Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

Program Leadership on Urgent and/or Prioritized Services and Programs

  • Perform venture assignments in short-term leadership and management functions in programs
    • Provide generalist leadership, management and project management to ensure a program or service achieves its mission and aims;
    • Define and strengthen core programs, services, and functions;
    • Provide interim leadership during a short-term gap in leadership supporting existing teams;
    • Provide interim leadership during a recruitment for a permanent replacement and coordinate recruitment, interview, feedback, and hiring processes;
    • Embed on existing teams to help identify and prioritize processes, systems and/or areas that may need attention and improvement;
    • Support culture-building efforts and strengthen programs that could benefit from additional support;
    • Conduct periodic internal and/or desk audits of program systems, policies and procedures;
    • Elevate areas of concern, opportunity or excellence so the agency can respond, and
  • Partner with Human Resources to help review positions to ensure staff are performing well in roles and are placed in roles in which they can excel.

Launch Key Initiatives, Programs, or Entities:

  • Embed for longer-term venture assignments to help envision, apply for, and launch key initiatives or programs;
  • Develop a culture of both optimism and realism in upstart projects; build flexible teams who are able to develop clear plans and goals but are adaptive to realities and emerging needs;
  • Develop analytics and data needed to understand program realities and track success;
  • Develop within the upstart core agency values reinforcing client centeredness;
  • Serve and/or support senior leadership until key points of success have been established, and
  • Work across the agency to ensure agency-level support is obtained to ensure the level of support needed for success.


Coaching Senior or Mid-Level Managers:

  • Coach senior or mid-level managers (short-term) in need of additional support for success in their roles;
  • Offer onboarding support to new senior managers to help them navigate key functions and relationships across the agency;
  • Connect with senior or mid-level managers before a difficult conversation or a challenging period of the program to support them in developing a plan of action, and
  • Recommend to HR and/or to the CEO when more extensive coaching support or training may be needed.


Equity Leadership, Client-centeredness, and Child Success

Across all assignments:

  • Cultivate a commitment among program leadership and staff to build environments and programs that nurture young children and young child success;
  • Cultivate a commitment among program leadership and staff towards delivering services that are client-centered, respectful, and responsive;
  • Operate with a lens of cultural proficiency, sensitivity, and equity to ensure child and family needs are met and work to support the agency as a whole operates in this way, and
  • Ensure program offerings are sensitive to the unique needs and challenges faced by marginalized and underrepresented groups, customizing services as necessary.

Other Duties as Assigned

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